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Duo Steals $50K from Harlem Construction Company in Check Scheme, NYPD Says

By Dartunorro Clark | April 6, 2017 10:33am

EAST HARLEM — Two workers at a local construction company were arrested and charged with stealing $50,675 in company funds through a check-forging scheme, authorities said.

Project manager Brian Escobar, 26, and bookkeeper Christine Vante, 26, used their positions at Builders-R-Us Construction Corp. at 1882 Park Ave. to issue and cash company checks and falsify business records to siphon the funds between June 2016 and January 2017, police said.

Vante even wrote the names of the company's owners on the checks before cashing them and pocketing the money, police said.

Prosecutors noted a recent example in which Vante wrote four paychecks to Escobar between November 2016 and January 2017 for $777.78 each.

A representative for the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Escobar was arrested on March 27 and charged with third-degree grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and of second-degree forgery.  

His bail was set at $2,500.  

Vante as yet to be arraigned, prosecutors said.

Lawyers for the two could not be reached for comment.